Herts County Council and the Fire Brigade have recently released the following notice which may be of particular relevance to people renting privately.

Hertfordshire Trading Standards and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have teamed up to remind residents of the importance of registering domestic appliances to help lower the risk of accidental fires.
Since the beginning of 2015, a total of 385 fires involving appliances in dwellings have been reported to Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service; 34% of which were attributable to washing machines and/or tumble dryers and 10% of which were caused by dishwashers.

Register your white goods to help prevent fires

Hertfordshire Trading Standards and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have teamed up to remind residents of the importance of registering domestic appliances to help lower the risk of accidental fires.

Since the beginning of 2015, a total of 385 fires involving appliances in dwellings have been reported to Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service; 34% of which were attributable to washing machines and/or tumble dryers and 10% of which were caused by dishwashers.

Large domestic appliances, commonly known as white goods, are an indispensable part of modern life.  They are manufactured in accordance with rigorous safety standards and designed to last.  They often represent a significant investment and therefore should be registered with the manufacturer to ensure that proper maintenance affords them the longest and safest possible lifespan.

Occasionally, faults with appliances are identified that require a product recall or a modification. However, it can be very difficult for producers to trace affected products when customers have not provided their contact details at the time of purchasing, or soon afterwards by registering the product.  This is a particular problem if appliances are purchased second-hand or go through multiple users in their lifetime, such as those provided in rented accommodation.  By registering appliances, affected owners ensure that they will be notified of the action required, helping to protect them from the risk of accidental fires.Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Faulty white goods are one of the biggest causes of house fires, but fewer than half of us register for important safety warnings and we know that recalled models are still in use as a result. We’re asking residents to register their appliances with this government-backed scheme and take a few simple steps to reduce the risk of fire.”

Registering appliances is a quick and simple process.  Most brands have teamed up with The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) to provide a convenient portal for registration. Both new and second-hand appliances can be registered at www.registermyappliance.org.uk

If there’s a problem with a model you own, you’ll receive an email alert telling you what you need to do, whether it’s a safety repair a complete recall of the product.

 

Top tips for avoiding white goods fires:

  • Don’t leave appliances running overnight or when you’re out of the house unless they’re designed to be left on all the time (such as fridges)
  • Register your appliance at registermyappliance.org.uk so that the manufacturer can notify you about any recalls or safety concerns
  • Look after your appliance – build ups of dust, fluff or grease increase the likelihood of fire
  • Don’t use damaged appliances – if they start to make odd noises or aren’t working properly stop using them and get them checked

 Check if an appliance you’ve bought, or are intending to buy second hand, has been recalled at http://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/productrecalls/ where you can get further advice

  • Always have a working smoke alarm on each level of your property and ensure you and your family have an escape plan in the event of a fire
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